Business Meets Biodiversity Conference 2012

Business meets bio.jpgBusiness Meets Biodiversity Conference 2012 was organized by the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University on June 27 2012 at the Rabobank Headquarters, Utrecht. 

Business meets Biodiversity is an international conference exploring why and how businesses can effectively incorporate the sustainable use, conservation and restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity in their operational strategies. 

Through a series of inspiring speakers, panel discussion and interactive sessions, the Business Meets Biodiversity Conference aims to: 

  • Provide a state-of-the-art overview of the trends in the field of business and biodiversity. 

  • Share key insights from frontrunner companies engaged in biodiversity-friendly agriculture, ecosystem restoration and nature conservation. 

  • Explore and contribute to opportunities for scaling up biodiversity-friendly business, with a focus on fund creation and the role of multinational companies. 

Bernard Giraud, President of Livelihoods Venture and Ajanta Dey, leader of the Livelihoods project for mangrove restoration in the Sundarbans (India) were there. They presented the innovative mechanism that proposed by Livelihoods Fund: private companies and local NGOs working together to protect the environment by involving local people whose lives ecosystem are restored.

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Here is a compilation of the conference.